Nobody's quite sure exactly how severe climate change will be when it finally gets into full swing, but the latest projections don’t make for pretty reading. While it’s reasonable to expect that those in charge will eventually put measures in place to stop climate change from having too much of an impact, in all likelihood, we will have to put up with some of the effects - and soon. As such, it’s important that you get your home ready for the climate shift; if you prepare sufficiently, then you’ll be in a good position to handle whatever the natural world throws at you.
Global warming was a misleading term because things won’t just get warmed - the weather will just get more unpredictable. We’ve already seen an increase in floods over the past few years, and if you live in a flood-risk area, you’ll want to be making some adjustments now. In the immediate future, you can add a waterproof protection to your exterior walls and doors, while in the long term you can make plans move your electrical sockets higher up your walls and plant vegetation that will soak up water. It’s also a good idea to add a water storage tank to your garden so that you can collect rainwater while it falls in case of a drought.
Storms are going to become more violent in the next decade, and this means that your home will be in danger of being damaged by falling trees, hail, and high winds. If you live in an area that has already received heavy hail, have a hail damage repair company inspect your roof for damage; having a roof that’s ready to handle the next big storm will be your first line of defense. Also, take a walk around your property and make a note of any trees that may be at risk of falling if there were high winds. Doubled glazed, reinforced windows will also help keep the dangers of storms at bay.
Areas will typically be divided into those that get hotter, and those that get colder and wetter. If you live in a zone that will receive hotter temperatures over the next few years, look at installing air conditioning and window shutters so that you’re able to keep cool inside the home. Outside the house, painting your exterior white will help reflect the sunlight, while planting some trees in the garden will provide some much-needed shade.
If you live in an area that’ll receive cold weather, then take steps to ensure your home is properly insulated. Installing cavity wall insulation will make a noticeable difference to the temperature of your house, and will help retain the heat you pump out through your heating system, too.
In the Garden
If you have space, look at planting some vegetables in your garden. This will help reduce your carbon footprint (and thus limit your impact on the environment), and will also provide you with food should there be any food shortages because of climate issues.
With a bit of luck, climate change won’t be as severe as predicted, but by preparing our homes now, we can ensure we’re safe from whatever happens.